ScanKey is an additional keyboard for iOS devices, which integrates a scanner for QR-/bar codes and an OCR scanner (Optical Character Recognition) to recognize printed alpha numeric text and words with the camera. With iPhone 7 and iPhone Plus 7 or higher you can read NFC tags from app and directly from keyboard.

This makes work easier e.g. for filling out forms, which require to enter complex codes or IDs by hand (Example: EAN product codes). With ScanKey keyboard simply scan the codes or text and it will be filled automatically in the active text field.

In QR-/barcode scanner you can either scan single codes or use batch mode to scan multiple codes which will be merged together with a configurable separator.

With the Post-Processor Engine, it's really easy to modify the scan result with various filters which can be configured in any specific order.

The in-app Image-To-Text function extracts non-handwritten text from images.

Quick actions allows you to trigger in-app scans very fast from your home screen.

QWERTZ and QWERTY and NUMERIC layout is supported.

Supported codes:
• UPCECode
• Code39Code
• Code39Mod43
• Code93
• Code128
• EAN8
• EAN13,
• Aztec
• PDF417
• QRCode
• DataMatrix
• Code-2of5 Interleaved
• ITF14

Supported text:
• hundreds of serif and sans-serif fonts
• alpha numeric text (e.g. ABC1337)
• Words and sentences
• Multi-line

Supported NFC tags:
• Text (UTF-8 and UTF-16)
• Uniform Resource Identifier (URI)
• Smart poster
• TextXVCard
• Wifi configurations

Supported post-processors:
• Add character(s) at start/end
• Remove leading/trailing character(s)
• Regex string replacement (Regular Expression)
• Text replacement (case-sensitive or case-insensitive)

Additional features:
• Automatically copy scan result to clipboard
• Automatically return after scan finished
• Automatically remove checksum of EAN/-UPC-Codes

What’s New

Version 3.0.1

• Improvement: VoiceOver support for better accessibility
• Small bug fix: Recognized URLs in scanned codes could sometimes not opened properly

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Adam N.A ,

Best above-keyboard barcode scanner addon I’ve used

Best app so far for adding a barcode scanner over the keyboard. That said, had some hang ups. For one thing, nothing indicates that the scanning line is centered on the camera, which makes lining up multiple nearby barcodes tricky, as I have to eyeball them or open the scanner again if I scan the wrong one. Post-processing formatting works well except it does not fix the issue I have with scanning UPC codes, which adds a zero before the actual number and removes the digit at the end which requires manually typing the last digit to correct it, adding some difficulty to an otherwise very well implemented feature. Post processing only fixes the extra preceding character but not the missing trailing character.

Allen Youngpeter ,

Good app, needs a few features to be great

The live scanning is good, but mode to work on an existing picture, a zoom mode, and/or a high contrast scanning mode would be even better.
I work with a lot of parts with small laser etched data-matrix type bar codes and your app has a hard time with them, particularly on rounded/cylindrical or shiny surfaces. I’ve also noticed issues with contrast and orientation of the codes affecting ability to be detected and decoded.

nbl202 ,

This app is wonderful!

It is configurable to support most any barcode. The post scan processing features help you adjust to any website requirements. I am writing this review using the apps keyboard. I am not aware of another scanning app that includes a full function keyboard. The text scanning feature is also very cool.

The developer is very enthusiastic about the product and works on improvements all the time.

Please read the FAQs and watch the video you will scanning away in no time!

Developer Response ,

Thank you very much for your feedback!

App Privacy

The developer, Matthias Herbrich, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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